Archives for May 2012

Book Blast: Frequent Traveller by Cathy Dixon

From the blue oceans of Antigua to the bustling streets of Vietnam, the racing adrenaline at the Green Hell, the devastating natural disaster in Japan and the stunning architecture in Germany, Cathy Dixon finds herself in a whirlwind of fine dining, plush clothes and sheer extravagance.

But is perfection a mask for untold disaster? What is Cathy’s secret and how will her world change when the world knows? Will her secrets ever catch up with her or will Cathy continue to sail alongside perfection in the world she has created for herself as a Frequent Traveller?

In conjunction, with the launch of MoonStar Luxury’s new website (http://moonstarluxury.com/), we invite you to step into Cathy Dixon’s world where more goodies, surprises and a little mystery awaits.

Frequent Traveller, the first book in the Cathy Dixon series will be free from 31 May to 4 June 2012. (Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Frequent-Traveller-Cathy-Dixon-ebook/dp/B0067BKK6K)

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Book Blast: Betrayed (A Guardian Legacy Book) by Ednah Walters

I am so excited to be a part of this Book Blast for Betrayed by Ednah Walters! 
Be sure to enter the awesome GIVEAWAY at the end of the post for a chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift code!!!

About the Book: Lil isn’t just an average teenager. She’s one of the Nephilim – the descendants of humans and angels – which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she’s found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she’s warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves…and won’t stop until she’s been lured to the dark side. 
About the Author, From the Author, Ednah Walters

I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries and fell in love with books. I enjoy good love stories, tingly  mysteries and epic adventures. When I finished my college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn’t enough. So I started to write. 

I’ve written picture books (unpublished), contemporary and romantic suspense (under the pen name E.B. Walters), and finally YA fantasy (as Ednah Walters). AWAKENED (2010) is the prequel to the YA series about the Nephilim, The Guardian Legacy series. BETRAYED (book #1) is now available wherever books are sold, HUNTED (book #2) will be released in February 2013 and FORGOTTEN (later in 2013).  

My adult contemporary with or without suspense is about a west coast Irish-American family series. I’ve published four Fitzgerald books: SLOW BURN (April 5, 2011), MINE UNTIL DAWN (June 29, 2011), KISS ME CRAZY (September 25, 2011), and DANGEROUS LOVE (January 29, 2012).

When I’m not writing, I do things with my family, five children, and my darling husband of 18 years. I live in a picturesque valley in northern Utah, the setting for my YA series. 

Where to find the book and author!

Website:
http://www.ednahwalters.com/

Blog:
http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ednahyaauthor#!/GuardianLegacyBooks

You Tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtkmEprzYaY

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/yaednah_walters

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4188120.Ednah_Walters 

Google+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113199492695974871853#113199492695974871853/posts

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-A-Guardian-Legacy-Book/dp/1937053180/

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betrayed-ednah-walters/1111124607?ean=9781937053185

Book Depository:
http://www.bookdepository.com/Betrayed-Ednah-Walters/9781937053185

Praise for Betrayed!

Lil has her work cut out for her in this book and she never failed me once! There is action in this book as well as a lot of emotional turmoil. ~ Cathy Garcia 

Just like Awakened, Betrayed has risen above all the other books in this genre. She has created such an amazing world for her Guardians & demons where good and evil are not as simple as it seems they should be. ~ J. Whitus (Book Junkies) Walking on Bookshelves

I just love a spunky heroine so I was excited to keep reading about Lil, the demon hunter I got to know in Awakened (book one of The Guardian Legacy series). Walters takes the story and world she built so well in Awakened and adds in an intense plot with lots of twists to make for a strong sequel. ~ Kelli (I’d So Rather Be Reading)

Lil is one of my favorite female leads, with all of the traits that you want a strong female lead to have. She’s smart, strong, loyal and doesn’t know how to back down. ~ Missy (Missy’s Reads & Reviews)
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Giveaway and Author Interview with Lindsay Paige!!!

A big welcome to Lindsay Paige, author of the Bold As Love series! Ms. Paige is here and giving away e-copies of all three books in the Bold As Love series!!! Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter below. 



About Lindsay Paige

Lindsay Paige is a young adult romance author from North Carolina. Most of what Lindsay writes are her daydreams in lavish details. (Please excuse that fact when you read one of her future works about a girl who sleeps around.;)) When not writing, she is working to complete her final year of high school.

Lindsay loves to read, listen to music, watch and play tennis, along with watching her favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lindsay is a big fan of Sidney Crosby (87) and buys Penguins merchandise whenever she can.Many of the aspects of the characters in Sweetness were inspired by Lindsay’s own struggles, such as a recovering alcoholic father and the anxiety Emily suffers because of her past.


For Lindsay Paige’s full biography, visit her website.

Interview 

1.What do you plan to do after you graduate from high school?

I’m going to attend a community college for my first two years and possibly transfer to UNC Chapel Hill. The details are fuzzy for after those two years.
2. Why did you decide to write Sweetness and the Bold As Love series?

Writing came as a surprise. Last year, I was having a really tough time with my anxiety and that’s an understatement. I was having trouble in school, couldn’t sleep well, along with multiple severe panic attacks a day. I found a solution to falling asleep at a decent rate. Daydreaming. Emily and Jake were created in that daydream. Soon, the daydream wouldn’t leave me alone and I knew I needed another way to release the urge to tell what was happening. Thus, I began writing.
3. What kind of research did you have to do while writing Sweetness?

I didn’t do any research. Emily’s behavior is slightly based on characteristics of myself. Jake and his feelings to his father derived from myself and my feelings towards my father, who is an alcoholic as well. I could say that my research was from my own life.
4. Which character in Sweetness do you relate to the most? Why?

I could relate to Emily and Jake pretty well. As I said, Emily and I are alike in a lot of ways. However, I can really relate to Jake. Our fathers are alcoholics and there are a lot of feelings that have generated towards them. Honestly, it depends on the day. Sometimes, I feel it is Emily that I relate the most to and others, Jake.
5. What was your favorite scene to write in Sweetness? Why?
My favorite scene to write would have to be the last scene. Without giving too much away, I love how it shows that no matter what obstacles arise, we have the choice to overcome it or let it control us.
6. How long did it take you to write Sweetness? What was your writing process like?
It took me a year to write. While I was writing Sweetness, I was also writing book two, I’m Yours. My writing process is a little hectic, if you ask me. I’d get the urge to release everything at once and I would rush to my computer and begin writing, which is how I ended up writing the sequel at the same time. Many late nights were included for when I was still having trouble sleeping. Music is a big factor as well. I listened to it constantly while writing.
7. In one sentence, tell us why we should read your book.
I want to make readers feel something: anger, joy, sorrow, anything; and I believe Sweetnesswill make you feel.
8. Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
There are so many! To name a few, I love works by Jessica Park, Nicholas Sparks, Erica O’Rourke, Maria Snyder, Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, John Green, Ellen Hopkins, and Rachel Vincent.
9. What are you currently reading right now?
I’m currently reading Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.
10. I see that you are a Pens fan! Me, too. (I’m from the Pittsburgh area so it is kind of mandatory!) How did you come to love the Pens?
Being in NC, I used to support the Canes. However, I didn’t really ‘love’ them. I did love Justin Williams. When they traded him to a team across the country, I knew my heart left with him. I had to pick a team that I could love and support fully. I love penguins and I love Sidney Crosby. After learning more about the Penguins, it was clear that they were my team.

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Shaman, Healer, Heretic by M. Terry Green

Shaman, Healer, Heretic
written by M. Terry Green          
published by M. Terry Green


Why did I pick this book: The author asked me to review her upcoming second book in this series – Shaman, Friend, Enemy – and I happily accepted her request. (The author provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I really did. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but I couldn’t put this book down. I read every free chance I had. This book caught my attention from the very first page – a Kachina in Livvy’s bedroom! – and didn’t let go until the very end. 


Livvy is so very likeable. She is a caring person who genuinely wants to help others. She cares about her clients and healing them, unlike other Shamans who seem to only be out for the money. Livvy is a techno-shaman and the author does a great job explaining what a shaman does and how a techno-shaman works. This was a subject I have not read before but I found it completely fascinating!


The action was great. Finding Tiamat – an ancient once defeated by Marduk – in the multiverse, Livvy has to help save the multiverse and other shamans in the process. What happens is so great!!! I want to tell you all about it but that would so spoil this book for you! Let me just say that I loved the ending…I didn’t see it coming at all!


The other characters help make this story very interesting and fascinating. SK is the best. The tension between he and Livvy is so apparent! Min is a great friend. 


Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book especially if you have never read any other books about Shamans. I never had before. 


Will I read it again: Probably not…but I will read more books in this series and more books by this author.


About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Olivia “Livvy” Lawson is a techno-shaman. She helps her clients come back from the multiverse. One morning, Livvy wakes with a kachina – a Hopi god – in her bedroom beckoning her. This isn’t normal, this isn’t possible, this isn’t right.


Soon, Livvy finds that she is encountering a lot of strange happenings in the multiverse – as are the other shamans in the LA area. Shamans are dying, the multiverse is changing, and now the shamans have to work together to survive. 


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

GIVEAWAY!!! Blog Tour Spotlight: Tallis by M.C. Rae

Tallis (Books of Andresium #1)
written by M.C. Rae          
published by Tulipe Noire Press
length 58 pages (paperback), 68 pages (Kindle)


Find it here: Goodreads, Amazon


The author can be found here: Facebook, Goodreads


About the book – from Goodreads: The Empire of Andresium is threatened by the corruption of the immortals, ancient beings given the gift of eternal life after the death of the last reigning empress. A prophecy speaks of their eventual downfall at the hands of one of their own, however. Tallis is known by most simply as “The Loren,” and seeks to avoid her destiny while trying herself to remain untainted by the decaying morals and indifference to the fates of men that plague her kind. As the events of the prophecy begin to unfold, Tallis finds herself conflicted between upholding her dedication to justice, and falling victim to the ramifications of following the desires of her own heart.

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Whatever It Takes (Bold As Love #3) by Lindsay Paige

Whatever It Takes (Bold As Love #3)
written by Lindsay Paige          
published by
expected publications June 13, 2012 


Why did I pick this book: The author, Lindsay Paige, requested that I review her upcoming third book in the Bold As Love series and I happily accepted. (I was provided with a free copy of the book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: It was pretty good. I read it just about every free chance I had. It was another quick read that held my interest for the most part.


Again, as with I’m Yours, there were quite a few sex scenes that were rather explicit for a young adult crowd. The struggles between Emily and Jake were pretty real and difficult for first year college kids. Emily’s continuing struggle and emotional breakdowns over her miscarriage dominated most of this book. At times, it was hard to like and connect with Emily and with Jake. At other times, I just hoped that they would find their love for one another and power through. 


Possible SPOILER! The twist toward the end was not expected. It was a very interesting way to resolve some tough emotional issues both Jake and Emily were experiencing. I enjoyed the end even though it was a sort of cliffhanger. The story resolved but left an unanswered question that leads to a fourth book. 


Would I recommend it: If you have read the first two books in the Bold As Love series – Sweetness and I’m Yours – then, yes, I would recommend that you read this book as well. This is not a book for the younger young adult crowd. 


Will I read it again: I will not. 


About the book – from Goodreads: Their first year of college isn’t what they expected. Emily is still struggling with the loss of her baby, while Jake seems to have no trouble with it at all. Emily is so conflicted about how to deal with the miscarriage. On top of that, she’s having nightmares. 

Can Jake help his Sweetness? Will she allow him? Their relationship is suffering and Jake is determined to do whatever Emily asks of him. But when Emily makes a suggestion that she feels will help with her grief, could it tear the couple apart forever? 


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Cover Reveal and Giveaway! My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Blurb: On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze


Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?


 

Never-Before-Seen Excerpt from MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY:

 “I thought I’d teach you a dance from where I come from,” I tell him. “One that’s much easier than that multi-step mess inside.”
            I place my left hand on Lorenzo’s shoulder and slip my right one into his. I pause to listen to the music floating over the tinkling voices and bubbling fountain, and begin counting the three-beat tempo. “One, two, three. One, two, three.”

            I stand still, only my head moving, slowly nodding with my words so he can hear the rhythm.

            When his head begins subtly bobbing with mine, I show him how to add his feet. He takes a tentative step forward with his left while I step back with my right, then we side step, close, and repeat the steps with our other feet, all while I lightly whisper the beat count.

            The breeze picks up, blowing my skirt and skimming my veil across the back of my neck. Chills run down my spine, but the warmth coursing through my veins from being in his arms provides a delicious contradiction.

            Lorenzo continues nervously darting his eyes to our feet, but he is dancing. As he relaxes into the movement, his shoulders rising and falling with the steps, the confidence he always seems to exude creeps back on his face, and he tightens the hold around me. Our faces are kissably close, our lips a hairs breadth away from touching. I stare into the chocolate depths of his eyes and the rest of the ball fades away. The only music guiding our steps is my light whisper and the erratic rhythm of our breathing. Time slows. Lorenzo grins.

            “I think you got it,” I say breathlessly, running my hand along the soft fabric of his shoulder, feeling the rock-hard muscles underneath.

            My body curls inward, pressing against his. The proper form for the waltz is a straight spine and shoulders back, but if there was ever a time to break the rules, this is it.


About the author: Rachel Harris

As a teen, I threw raging parties that shook my parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, I read and write obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dream up characters who become my imaginary friends.

When I’m not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find me homeschooling my two beautiful princesses, hanging out with my amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.

  
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is my first novel. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.



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GIVEAWAY! Blog Tour: Night Sky by Jolene Perry (review)

night sky coverNight Sky
written by Jolene Perry
published by Tribute Books

Find it here: (affiliate links) Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks

Why did I pick this book: I was lucky enough to participate in the Night Sky blog tour through Tribute Books. (I was provided with a copy for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished it in about a day. It was a quick read that moved and kept me interested until the very end.

I especially enjoyed reading a book from a guy’s point of view. I can’t remember the last book that I read – YA or any genre – that was narrated entirely from the guy’s perspective. That was great and Ms. Perry did a great job writing Jameson. Jameson was a fantastic character. I identified with his thoughts, love of swimming, and his use of swimming to clear his head. I felt like I connected with him on that. I cared about him. I wanted him to find his love and get over his heartbreak. It was also nice to see a guy learn that there is more to a relationship than just sex…that the two individuals have to connect on other levels, despite the hormones.

Sky was a wonderful character. She is wise beyond her years for reasons that we, the readers, had to wait to find out. She was a great match to Jameson in so many ways. I cared about her, too. I wanted things to work out for her even before I knew what it was that we wanted to have worked out.

Another interesting aspect of this book was Jameson’s hometown. You don’t read about a kid who grew up in Las Vegas near the strip. A kid whose parents work in the casinos and who grew up in the casinos and hotels. That was a really neat perspective. Something I have  never really thought about.

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Would I recommend it: I definitely would. It was a great read.

Will I read it again: Probably not…but I will read more books by the author, Jolene Perry.

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About the book – from the publisher: After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums – she’s way more than distraction. Jameson’s falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.

joleneperryAbout the author: Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.

Find her at: Twitter, Web, Facebook

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Summary (from the author)

Space germs decimate the adult population. Who will survive?
For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.
But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.
On a small island off the coast of Maine, a group of teens and children struggle to survive in this new world, but all the while they have inside them a ticking time bomb – adolescence.
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This book is on my TBR list…a review will be coming up soon!

GIVEAWAY! Blog Tour: Swipe by Evan Angler

Swipe
written by Evan Angler           
published by Thomas Nelson 
check it out here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this awesome blog tour organized by YA Bound. (I was provided with a copy of this book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I really did. I read this book every free chance I had and finished it in short order. And I cannot wait until the sequel comes out in the fall!!! What a cliffhanger!!!


Swipe kept me interested from the very first page to the very last. It was a fast read with a lot of suspense and second guessing. Some parts I thought I had figured out, only to find out that I didn’t have a clue. It didn’t end the way I thought it would and now I have to wait until the fall to see what happens next!


The author, Evan Angler, crafted a world that was very clear. A world that – scarily enough – one can see appearing in the future. That in and of itself is rather frightening and made this book that much more engrossing.


Logan was a great lead character. I felt for him. I felt his paranoia, his grief over losing his sister, his loneliness in trying to be “normal” despite his constant paranoia, his hope and his despair. He was only 12 years old…almost 13…but he didn’t feel like a child yet not like an adult either. He was written so well. Erin was a good counter character to Logan. She seemed a bit more “worldly” and mature than Logan but was she really? Or was she just another Marked being that pledged herself to the American Union? I know the answer…or at least part of it. You need to read the book to find out for yourself!


Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you enjoy dystopian society reads.


Will I read it again: I will not read it again but I will read book two in this series, Sneak, due out this fall. (I can’t wait!)


About the book – from Goodreads: Logan Langley is just months away from his thirteenth birthday and the biggest day of his life – the day he will finally be Marked. The Mark lets people get jobs, vote, and even go out to eat or buy concert tickets. 


Becoming Marked means becoming free. Or so he is told. Five years ago when Logan’s sister went to get her Mark she never came back. Now Logan can’t shake the feeling he’s being watched…


And then he finds the wire. 

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Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!